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PA: Libertarian Johnson secures place on ballot

By   /   October 10, 2012  /   News  /   8 Comments

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party president nominee in 2012

JOHNSON: The Libertarian Party candidate joins the Green Party on the November ballot.

HARRISBURG — A state judge Wednesday ruled that Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson will remain on the Pennsylvania ballot for November’s general election.

Commonwealth Court Judge James Gardner Colins determined that Johnson had collected 20,730 valid signatures, just above the threshold of 20,601 signature required by state law for third parties to get on the ballot.

Along with Johnson, the Libertarians will their candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senate, state auditor general, state attorney general and state treasurer.

Tom Stevens, chairman of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party, said the ruling was a victory in an uphill battle against the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, which had brought the challenge against Johnson.

“Now the voters of Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to have a real choice in who to vote for in statewide and national elections this November,” he told PA Independent.

Ronald Hicks Jr., a Pittsburgh attorney for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, said the Libertarians got on the ballot by overwhelming the review process that gave limited time for the GOP to review and challenge all signatures.

Hicks pointed to the fact that more than half of the 49,000 signatures originally submitted by the Libertarians were deemed to be invalid during the review process, and that more than 90 percent of all the signatures were from Philadelphia.

“The Libertarians are on the ballot without the full support of the Pennsylvania electorate,” he said. “They had six months to gather these signatures across the commonwealth, and they didn’t.”

A separate challenge to Johnson’s place on the ballot is still pending in the state Supreme Court, with no timetable for a decision.  Both sides said challenges was rendered moot by the Commonwealth Court ruling.

By adding Pennsylvania, Johnson will appear on at least 48 state’s ballots in November.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein also has qualified for the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Contact Boehm at [email protected] and follow @PAIndependent on Twitter.


  • I love the Republican Lawyer saying the tiny libertarian party overwhelmed the Gigantic Republican Party. The image of Goliath and David comes to mind.

  • Oh, boo-hoo, Republicans!! Boo-freaking-hoo! Like NOBODY out there can’t see that this is a blatant attempt to force the Libertarians out of the process to protect their own sorry excuse of a candidate! Americans should be disgusted by these under-handed tactics!

  • Jo Bailey

    As a Pennsylvanian and a registered Republican, I will be voting for Gary Johnson this year!! Thank God the GOP didn’t get away with cheating him out of the opportunity to make a stand for the third Party option. Can’t stand Oromney? Sick of the Goldman Sachs sponsored candidates? Send a message- vote Johnson.

  • Chuck Steak

    Make the PAGOP pay for its insult to voter choice. This year, I’m refusing to vote for ANY Republican candidates (including several I planned on supporting). PA might not be a presidential battleground, but telling local Republicans that the PAGOP’s actions will cost them votes is the best way to stop the major parties from arrogantly using the ballot process to harass minor parties.

  • sally

    Less than a year ago Johnson was a lifelong Republican. If he ever decides run for Congress or Senate look for him to switch back to R. He duped you Libertarian idiots. Any money you donated to his campaign went straight to the Democrats they hired to collect these signatures. What a bunch of rubes you Libertarians are. No wonder you don’t have anyone elected to an office higher than dog catcher.

  • 10ACS1

    Does this mean he will now get mentioned in polls, or does the coordinated media and pollster blackout of Gary Johnson continue?

  • Timothy Moultrie

    A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for rational, fiscally responsible, and Constitutional government. This History teacher sees no other reasonable alternative to the Liberty Dividend Gary Johnson offers America.

  • rhoner

    Fine article. GOP is a bunch of nasty hacks. Same for Dems. They don’t care at all about voters or our republic. I’ll be voting for Johnson.